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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: LouAnn Schraffenberger, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P(Advocate Health Care)
Description: The basic introduction to medical terminology is a programmed text that continually tests the reader's knowledge.
Purpose: The book is intended to provide a good word-building base so the student can identify medical terms by their word parts. In addition, the book attempts to enlarge the student's vocabulary by including chapters on diagnostic terms, surgical terms, pharmacology terms, oncology terms, and financial management terminology.
Audience: The audience is the allied health student who needs medical terminology for their future areas of study. However, other individuals who may encounter medical terminology in their course of business or practice may find the book useful. These individuals include accountants, business managers, engineers, lawyers, journalists, and others who find the healthcare industry crossing over into their areas of practice.
Features: The book contains four units with 18 chapters. Additional exercises, a glossary, and medical abbreviations are also included. Word pronunciation is guided by references from Dorland's Medical Dictionary. The book contains a pretest and a posttest. Multiple choice questions, with the answers keyed to the page on which the information is presented, are useful.
Assessment: This is an active text that continually tests the student's knowledge base. It has good illustrations to explain the material. It appears to be an easy book to use for independent study. It may be particularly useful for a short course in medical terminology, such as an employee training program. The title of the book is right on target — a concise introduction.